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When Grace Comes Home
How the 'doctrines of grace' change your life
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Practical importance of God's grace
Part of a trilogy
How does Calvinism affect the way you view - worship, humility, adversity, outlook, evangelism, holiness, assurance, liberty, prayer, guidance and living faith? Terry Johnson illuminates the practical implications of Calvinism and how God's grace changes every aspect of your life.
Terry L. Johnson is Senior Pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia.
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This book will bless you and warm your mind and heart... opens the doctrines of grace in a practical and appealing manner, while maintaining his theological integrity.
... easy to read, cogently articulated, and helpful to anyone who needs encouragement or a refresher course on the doctrines of grace. They would also be a challenging witness for a non-Christian to read. I commend this book for personal reading and family or group study.
Equip for Ministry
... writes well and if you want a fresh approach to some well-worn themes, this is the book for you. His coverage of Law and Liberty is stimulating as is his dealing with Prayer and with Guidance.
This book comes with strong recommendations of various worthies in America, to which I would like to add my own pennyworth.
Ron Preece- Evangelism
If God is sovereign why evangelise? Why bother to pray? What about free will? And how do we square sovereignty with the presence of evil? Such questions are covered as Johnson focuses on eleven themes believing that a Biblical understanding of sovereign grace will give us the answers, without removing the mystery... a heart warming and well argued book which will thrill those who share his convictions and challenge those of other persuasions.
Doctrinally clear and well-illustrated, this is an ideal introduction for people new to the doctrines of grace, as well as being a refreshing read for more experienced readers.
The Banner of Truth Magazine
With much practical wisdom and help for Christian thinking and living, this book makes good application of good theology.
W. Robert Godfrey, President, Westminster Seminary in California, Escondido, California
Enriches our understanding.
Darryl G. Hart, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Wilmington, Delaware
Terry Johnson has provided a splendid work on how right theology bears upon our worship, character, suffering and growth in the Christian life.
James Montgomery Boice, Late pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
Terry Johnson's When Grace Comes Home is to be welcomed.
Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary
Rarely can the vitamin content of sweet, strong, classic pastoral Calvinism have been made so plain and palatable as it is here.
J. I. Packer, Well known Author & Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
He manages to make theology what it ought always to be... I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Derek Thomas, Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
When Grace Comes Home is a book about the practical working out of Christian beliefs. There are an awful lot of us who are proud of our doctrine, that we know the right answers to the tough questions about Christianity, yet fail to live like they're true.
This book is an antidote, subtitled 'How the Doctrines of Grace Change Your Life'. It is written from a traditional, reformed, Christian perspective (eg. J.I. Packer and R.C. Sproul) and takes various doctrines and Christian disciplines and shows how belief in God's sovereignty and human depravity ought to affect these areas.
The chapters included are Worship, Humility, Adversity, Outlook, Witness, Sanctification, Assurance, Law and Liberty, Prayer, Guidance and A Faith for Living. The writing is engaging, persuasive and at times quite disarming.
I'd like to note a few drawbacks before wrapping up though. I don't think Johnson addresses the issues of Law and Liberty and Guidance as clearly and fairly as he could to his opponents, although the Guidance chapter is particularly excellent (like many cessationists, he seems significantly closer to the Charismatics than he thinks) and encouraging. There's also a suspicion of reason that runs through his book, which I find a little disappointing, or at least unclear, but these are minor points.
The book comes recommended by some great names in Evangelicalism, including James Boice and J. Ligon Duncan III, but Packer sums the book up best with:
'Rarely can the vitamin content of sweet, strong, classic pastoral Calvinism have been made so plain and palatable as it is here.'
Posted by Paul Huxley, Guildford